Walnut Quinoa Burgers


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) halved walnuts
  • 1/2 large red onion (about 3/4 cup/175 mL chopped)
  • 1/2 tbsp (7 mL) olive oil, plus more for spritzing
  • 1 can (16 oz/454 g) dark red kidney beans
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chili powder
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 6   whole wheat sandwich thins, split, toasted
  •  Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream, tomato slices, arugula, avocado slices, or chunky salsa (optional)


  1. Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350-400°F/180-200°C).

  2. Combine quinoa and water in Rice Cooker Plus. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 15 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed.  

  3. Toast walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat 4-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown and fragrant.  Remove from pan. 

  4. Using Food Chopper, finely chop walnuts and onion (keep separate). 

  5. Return skillet to heat; add oil and onion. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove skillet from heat.

  6. Drain beans, reserving ¼ cup (50 mL) bean liquid, and rinse. Add beans to large mixing bowl; mash well using Mix ‘N Masher. Add bean liquid, cooked quinoa, walnuts, onion, bread crumbs, chili powder, cumin and salt; mix well.

  7. Divide bean mixture into 6 portions. Spray base and press of Burger & Slider Press with oil using the Kitchen Spritzer. Add one portion of bean mixture; press into a patty. Repeat with spraying and pressing remaining bean mixture. 

  8. Grill patties, covered, 2-3 minutes per side or until or until grill marks appear. 

  9. Place burgers on sandwich thins and add toppings. 


  • 6 burgers
    1  servings of veggie burger 

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 460, Total Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 490 mg, Carbohydrate 63 g, Fiber 16 g, Protein  20 g

Cook's Tips:

You may substitute walnuts with pecans. 

You may use the Slider Insert of the Burger & Slider Press to make sliders. 

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